WASHINGTON, D.C.: Today, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement criticizing reported preparations to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for citizens of Nepal.
“If the Trump administration moves forward on this decision, the United States will be abdicating on the promise made to nearly 9,000 Nepalese citizens who have tried to put their lives back together in America while their homeland recovers from the massive earthquake that struck their country. Deporting these men and women will have dire consequences, as Nepal is still struggling to provide adequate housing, medical care, and food to the millions who were displaced. It lacks vision and leadership from President Trump to unleash the full strength of his deportation machine on a small number of women and men who pose no risk to the United States. If the White House moves forward, this would be, once again, a cruel and unnecessary decision from the Trump administration.”
Last month, Meng and Crowley, along with Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), led a letter signed by dozens of House members urging the Trump administration to extend TPS for Nepalese citizens living in the United States following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015.
Following a letter led by Meng and Crowley in 2015, the U.S. government first granted TPS to Nepalese citizens in the immediate weeks after the earthquake, and TPS was then extended to June 2018.